Bite by Bite: Embark on a Culinary Journey with Viator’s Top-Rated U.S. Food Tours

What’s travel without a tasty bite to eat? For foodies, flavor is half the reason to travel! Thankfully, food tourism is hotter than ever – one look at Viator’s most popular options will tell you all you need to know about the state of the international culinary scene. Whether you’re an avid foodie seeking to expand your palate or a traveler eager to immerse yourself in the local culture through its cuisine, Viator’s carefully curated list of top-rated food tours promises an experience that goes beyond mere sustenance.

From sizzling street food stalls to Michelin-starred restaurants, our journey will navigate through the vibrant tapestry of global flavors, all brought to life by the passionate local guides who know their cities’ culinary scenes like the back of their hand. Join us as we peel back the layers of cultures, histories, and traditions, one delectable bite at a time.

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Little Havana Food and Walking Tour in Miami

Little Havana, Miami
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During this expertly guided walking food tour, immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance of Miami’s dynamic Little Havana district. Delve into the heart of this spirited Cuban enclave and absorb its captivating history and cultural nuances, punctuated by visits to the most exceptional family-owned Cuban eateries in the vicinity. 

As you journey through, relish a delectable array of local cuisine, including treats like guava pastries, chicken plantain cups, and the sumptuous flan ice cream, among other delectable offerings that await. Moreover, engage with local artisans, witness the artistry of Cuban cigar rolling, and sway to the enchanting rhythms of traditional Cuban melodies.

Taste of Little Italy in San Diego

Little Italy San Diego
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Navigating San Diego’s bustling Little Italy can prove challenging, given the myriad dining options that blur the line between genuine local treasures and mere tourist haunts. Sidestep the uncertainty and secure a trove of insider wisdom through this guided culinary tour. Beyond indulging in delectable tastings en route, this excursion serves as a valuable conduit for discovering the architectural splendors and historical tapestries woven into the local fabric.

Chef Guided Food Tour of Pike Place Market

Pike Place Farmers Market Seattle
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Prepare for a delightful sensory experience as you traverse the historic Pike Place Market in Seattle, partaking in the diverse offerings that await. From savoring the acclaimed ‘World’s Best’ Mac and Cheese at Beecher’s to relishing the ambiance of Local Color coffee shop, indulging in the zest of Britt’s Pickles, and indulging in the authenticity of Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt, each stop unveils a unique facet of the market’s culinary tapestry.

In the company of your expert chef-guide, you’ll seamlessly transition from an onlooker to an insider, gaining behind-the-scenes insights that magnify your appreciation for both the flavors and the aura of this iconic attraction. With a focus on personal attention, this small-group adventure promises an enriching experience for all ages, making it an ideal family outing that transcends the ordinary.

New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter

New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans is a place unlike any other. On this tour, you’ll step into the realm of world-renowned eateries, where the legacy of Louisiana’s finest cooking unfolds before you. Allow your guide to immerse you in the unique culinary history of this exciting city. Enjoy authentic tastings of Louisiana’s signature dishes, meticulously curated from celebrated restaurants, that have left an indelible mark on the city’s culinary legacy.

As you amble along the city streets, your knowledgeable guide will sprinkle your journey with intriguing tidbits, creating a delightful blend of gastronomy and history. For those seeking an even more intimate experience, consider elevating your adventure with the small-group option, ensuring an intimate ambiance with no more than twelve fellow enthusiasts.

Feast of Saint Augustine Walking Food Tour

St. Augustine FL
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Scoping out a city’s restaurant scene ahead of a big vacation can be stressful. With this tour, you can skip the chore of poring over online reviews and get right to the heart of St. Augustine cuisine. This exceptional tour presents a seamless fusion of food culture and history, all intertwined with delectable tastings to tantalize your senses.

Pike Place Market Tasting Tour

Pike Place Farmers Market Seattle
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Seattle’s renowned culinary landmark, Pike Place Market, comes to life as you embark on a gastronomic journey that showcases the city’s most cherished market spots. Feast on an assortment of renowned dishes that have contributed to the market’s storied reputation. Beyond indulging in the flavors, you’ll receive a discount card that invites you to continue your exploration independently on return visits to the market.

This expertly guided tour promises an authentic behind-the-scenes adventure that grants you a privileged glimpse into the bustling heart of Pike Place Market. Traverse the market’s labyrinthine corridors and relish an array of tastings, ranging from farm-fresh produce to delectable pastries and more. As you navigate the market’s hidden corners, you’ll find yourself seamlessly transitioning from an observer to an insider, gaining a comprehensive understanding of its history and significance.

New Orleans Cocktail and Food History Tour

Bourbon Street NOLA
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Designed with food enthusiasts in mind, this tour offers an unparalleled opportunity to sample some of Louisiana’s most iconic dishes, all while delving into New Orleans’ top culinary and nightlife destinations. With a limited group size, you’re guaranteed personalized attention that enhances your exploration of local cuisine. Your seasoned guide will provide an insider’s perspective, sharing insights that heighten your appreciation of each culinary gem.

Best Bites on The Las Vegas Strip: A Traveler’s Guide to Sin City

Las Vegas Strip
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Embark on an enthralling journey through the extravagant casinos lining the iconic Las Vegas Strip, all while indulging in a lavish and diverse tasting adventure on this intimate small-group food tour. Gather at New York New York, around lunchtime, your guide awaiting your arrival, and come prepared with a hearty appetite. As you traverse this dazzling cityscape, pause for an array of delectable bites—from mouthwatering pastrami sandwiches and authentic Neapolitan-style pizza to sumptuous desserts and more.

Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Walking Tour

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Tailored for those venturing into Chicago for the first time, this tour stands as an exceptional choice, offering an all-encompassing introduction to the city that artfully combines iconic landmarks and hidden gems. Commencing at the illustrious Chicago Theatre, your journey will lead you through an exploration of the Chicago Pedway—a network of subterranean passages frequented by locals and commuters alike. From here, venture to the captivating Chicago Riverwalk and the renowned Magnificent Mile, followed by a culinary escapade that captures the essence of the city’s renowned cuisine.

Carlsbad Food Tour and Wine Tasting

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As you meander through the charming streets of Carlsbad on this tour, you’ll find yourself sipping award-winning California wines, savoring delectable desserts, and experiencing a range of specialty foods that embody the village’s culinary diversity. The adventure is further enriched by the addition of behind-the-scenes anecdotes that showcase Carlsbad Village’s hippest restaurants, cutting-edge artisanal offerings, and the tales that have woven its culinary tapestry.

This 3-hour gourmet walking tour seamlessly marries an exploration of Carlsbad Village’s unique flavors with its vibrant history and contemporary scene. With a focus on personalized engagement, this small-group experience promises an intimate journey that caters to every participant. Notably, the tour offers wheelchair accessibility, ensuring that everyone can partake in this immersive culinary odyssey.

This article originally appeared on Wander With Alex. Featured Photo Credit: [@galitskaya/DepositPhotos]


Chelsea DeAngio
Chelsea DeAngio

Chelsea DeAngio is a freelance writer based in Greensboro, NC. Inspired by a rootless childhood as a Navy brat, she enjoys traveling every chance she gets. Pop culture often drives her trips. Whether channeling her inner Lady Mary at Highclere Castle in the UK or noshing on nachos at Showgirls filming locations in Vegas, Chelsea is always in search of a little silver screen glitz.